Group Mentoring: Bridging Research and Effective Practice NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
|Group mentoring is an increasingly popular strategy for providing positive relationships and activities to youth in need. In fact, over 20% of youth mentoring programs offer some form of group mentoring, while a survey of American volunteers finds that over half say they work with more than one young person at a time. But compared to one-to-one mentoring, the research on the group approach is still emerging, and programs often wonder when group mentoring might be the right fit and how to implement these models for maximum effectiveness.
On October 17th, researchers Gabriel Kuperminc (Georgia Southern University) and technical assistance provider Jerry Sherk (Mentor Management Systems) discussed the research base and practical tips for implementing strong group mentoring programs as part of the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series facilitated by MENTOR.
The conversation drew on Kuperminc’s chapter in the Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition, and Sherk’s many years providing on-the-ground support to diverse group programs.